Saturday, January 21, 2017

Our Powder Room Makeover - The Before + Mood Board

Powder Room Makeover Mood Board - for a sophisticated small bathroom reno

There's a funny thing that happens when you make a significant change in your home - everything around that change looks like it could use a change too. At least that's what we have found since completing our dramatic foyer makeover this past month. We are honestly so happy with the results and pretty proud that we did the renovation work ourselves. 

We love our home and we're grateful that we have a comfortable house and plenty of nutritious food to eat. We could leave our house just the way it is and it would be absolutely fine. But my husband and I actually enjoyed the process of fixing up and decorating our foyer (although it wasn't easy by any means) and we plan to make being Mr. and Ms. Fix-It a bit of a hobby this year. And, as I mentioned in our foyer "before" post, our kids are now 12 and 14 and we think it's time for a more sophisticated decor. Still a comfy family space, but a little less "worn in" is what we're going for.

The Before

The natural progression in our home is to work out from our fresh new foyer space. Our very small (like teeny tiny) powder room is right off the foyer. There's nothing particularly wrong with it as it stands. But there's nothing particularly right about it either. It's all white (the paint has a yellowish hue to it), with a white toilet and a white pedestal sink. The whole thing is a bit dull. I think pedestal sinks are nice, but in such a small space I would like to see a vanity that provides storage for toilet paper and possibly toothbrushes so the kids can brush their teeth before they head out the door in the morning (seeing as they usually "forget" while upstairs). As you can see, the baseboards need painting. I think we'll probably just replace them instead, because they are currently covered with quarter round to cover the gap that was created when we switched to hardwood flooring from ceramic tiles.

The Vision

Our colour scheme for the foyer was black, white, gray and teal. The black is found in the lighting fixture and accessories such as picture frames. The teal comes in via the wallpaper and area rug. The foundation of the colour scheme is essentially white and gray (paint on walls and moulding). I was tempted to do the same colour scheme for the powder room, but in the end I decided to switch it up some. We'll start with the foundation colours of white and gray, but our accent colour is going to be orange. Why? Because I fell in love with orange and gray wallpaper I spotted at The Home Depot Canada. I think the overall effect is going to be clean and pretty with a feminine touch.

Here are the elements that I envision including in our powder room makeover:

1. A round mirror, possibly in gold, like this one.
2. Victorian™ Pivoting Arm Toilet Tissue Holder in Champagne Bronze by Delta Faucet. I'm expecting this to turn changing the toilet paper into a fun activity. Almost. Because why do I have to change the roll every single time?
3. The wallpaper that made me fall in love with orange - Eden Orange/Grey/Cream Wallpaper by Graham & Brown at Home Depot Canada.
4. Victorian 18" Towel Bar from Delta Faucet.
5. Everything Martha Stewart designs looks great. Proven fact. It certainly holds true for this Seal Harbor 30" Vanity in Sharkey Grey Finish from Home Depot Canada.
6. We're not switching out our toilet, but this lovely Delta Victorian™ Universal Mount Tank Lever will make it feel as if we have.
7. Last but definitely not least, Delta's Victorian™ Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet, also in Champagne Bronze. Um yeah, because it's gorgeous. I'm so in love with it, I think I'll take it out for Valentine's Day.

We plan to install chair rail as well - the wallpaper will then be only on the upper portion of the walls. I haven't decided what colour to paint the wall underneath the chair rail. I want to get a better idea of how the elements look in the room first. We may just go with white or we may pick out a gray from the wallpaper. What do you think?

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Steps in Our Powder Room Makeover

The Before + Mood Board (you are here)
The Reveal

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  1. Hi Joanne,

    What a great project! You chose a lovely wallpaper. How about a hue that matches the light grey or white on it? Can’t wait to see it finished!
    I am also updating an area at home in 2017.

    1. Thank you Gabriela! I'm excited about the wallpaper. I am thinking about picking out the light grey. Thanks for your input. I look forward to seeing your home makeover project too!

  2. Hi Joanne,

    Well...I confess now...:o) I really like the light grey hue.

    1. Hehe. Thanks for the confession Gabriela! :)

  3. It looks perfect! I'm redoing my powder room soon. About how much did this end up costing?

    1. Thank you! I would guesstimate this would run you about $2,000 for materials. That's if you're Canadian. We generally pay quite a bit more than the US. All in all, I think it's a low cost for a big change. :) Good luck with your re-do!